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at a health care town hall meeting in montana, followed by a conversation with howard dean on health care. >> three days of peace, love, and music. 40 years ago, a half-million people gathered for woodstock. saturday, the co-founder takes us behind the scenes at 9:00 p.m. eastern. radio talk-show executive brian jennings on the new fairness doctrine, why is a bad idea, and alternatives to censure sai -- century ship. >> now a convention of on-line activists that organizers called the rightonline conference. it is a two-day gathering to counter the netroots nation gathering also this week. this is about an hour. >> in 1824, thomas jefferson surmised that the country had more machinery than was necessary. with nearly five trillion dollars in debt, massive government and titles, and the budget deficit approaching $2 trillion, his words have never been more true. americans for prosperity foundation plays a crucial role in reversing this government tide. together, informed americans can stop government takeovers. together, informed americans can stand for common sense. together, informed ameri
in a second. we understand this town hall meeting in montana today for president obama could be a little more rowdy, as you put it on politico than the new hampshire one. why? >> willie, when "morning joe" talks, the white house perks up, if we can continue our talk analogies here. >> sure. >> what did joe, what did chuck todd, what did pat buchanan say yesterday? they said the president would have been better off at that town hall this week if the president had answereded critics, had taken tough questions. it's not like president obama would be thrown off his script by some dude standing up in a town hall. so for this afternoon's montana edition, the white house gave out their tickets a little differently. instead of giving the tickets to supporters or more care-free controlled, they went to two town halls in montana and gave them out on a first served -- first curve -- that will ultimately be the question. first come first served basis so it may be a little more tougher questioning this time for colorado. in a day or two the president will go back to the white house method of ticketing. 1,
know, a lot of people talk about max bachus. max bachus pays attention to what people say in montana. he does. there's been single payors in his state. and this republican force is going to die. when grassley said the other day he pretty much admitted this was a farce, chairman baucus knows he has to get a bill out of this committee and if he only has democrats to work with, guess what the majority democrats on his committee favor a political option. if he's going to get a bill out of this committee with zero republican boats it's going to have to have a public option in the senate finance bill; otherwise, there isn't going to be a bill, right? and he knows there has to be a bill. so it matters what you say. it's one of the reasons i've been very careful not to criticize individual senators. i don't mind talking about their views because at the end, i think we're going to get almost every democratic senator. almost every one because there's not going to be any republicans. they're not going to be interested in forming the bill and, therefore, the democratic caucus is going to have a
for health care reform slipping, president obama hit the road again. this time in belgrade, montana. the crowd was much friendlier than those rowdy town halls we've seen from members of congress, but the president finally did get a couple of questions that were not complete softballs. chuck todd joins us in a moment from montana. >>> plus, you know those end of life counseling provisions in the health care bills which republicans like sarah palin have distorted into death panels? well, it turns out that republicans like sarah palin were actually for end of life counseling before they were against it. that's just one of the inconsistencies we'll discuss with an opponent of reform, republican congressman john culberson of texas joining us in a moment. >>> also, how far has he fallen? 24r is a report that john edwards is about to finally admit that he is, indeed, the father of his mistress' child. so where would we be if edwards had not been so decisively rejected by wise democratic primary voters last year? >>> plus, bill clinton has some tough words for the netroots crowd on don't as
for reconstruction. >>> the government wants to know who killed one of montana's largest grizzly bear. u.s. fish and wildlife said they are offering a substantial reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot the bear. the carcass of the grizzly was found on a ranch in northern montana. the bear, maximus weighed in at 800 pounds and stood nearly 7 1/2 feet tall. >>> we'll check in with reynolds for the forecast. >> although bill is moving away, the storm will create rip currents along the coast, main coast, virginia beach and carolinas. you need to watch for that danger. as the storm moves on we'll see a chance of scattered showers forming across parts of the northeast to the lakes of new york as far south as, say, pennsylvania back into portions of the carolinas. may deal with raindrops. same story in parts of florida. on i-95 corridor, i-55. nice and cool across much of the southeast. at least cooler than we normally get in places like atlanta and birmingham this time of year. relatively dry across the midsection. a chance of scattered showers, maybe thunderst
to take this anymore!" >> my name is randy from montana. that i believe our constitution and it's a very important thing. i also get my news from the cable networks, because i don't like the spin that comes from the other places. >> you have to be careful about the cable networks, though. okay. go ahead. go on with the question. >> geraldo: as people vent, washington squirms, and town hall meetings erupt in impassioned debate. this is a fox news alert. >> the notion that somehow i ran for public office or member of congress are in so they can go around pulling the plug on grandma. i mean, when you start making arguments like that, that simply dishonest. >> geraldo: the midst of sometimes wild rhetoric, spreading anxiety and apparently widespread discontent, the president is continuing his now deeply personal push to get people behind his crusade to change the nation's healthcare system. and following up on tuesday's granite state stop in new hampshire and friday's big town hall meeting in the big sky state of montana, after visiting old faithful and a day of fly fishing, tonight he was i
barack obama brought to montana today. he's on a four-state tour to his health care reform plan. an increasingly contentious topic across the country. >> reporter: the president hielf out in montana today which is out west but as two democratic senators said the fight is fierce and you have seen all of these town halls. many in maryland and it has been kind of tough on democrats. but on president barack obama today, not surprisingly nobody got in his face. but it did get some tough questions. the president's aides say the president has been itching to deal with the toughest of questions. number one, they say he is convinced health care reform insurgent and doable. number two, he's convinced a lot of the so-called tough questions are really based on misconceptions. didn't hear any misconceptions alleged today. but the president did get the core question which is how are we going to afford all of this and here is some of what happened in montana. >> if i'm writing a check to my local church, i don't know why uncle sam should be giving me a bigger t break than the person that makes
did pretty well. he came up short in montana but came close. much closer than many people thought, so they say look, now he wants to show that even if some people in these areas may disagree with him, he wants to go in and have a thoughtful conversation, reasoned debate in comparison to some of the town hall meetings we've seen across the country. what he's going do at the top is lay out why he thinks there needs to be insurance reform, that's his big folk occur, just to say you have insurance are doesn't mean you're safe and secure, you could lose that coverage. secondly, he'll take questions for about an hour, we're told. these tickets were distributed randomly on the internet. people were able it to sign up. they didn't have control over democrats or republicans got them. just as we saw yesterday, just one or two tough questions in montana at a town hall meeting, for people coming at it from the other side. the president could get tough questions from the other side today as well. as you noted at the to we are getting information are from white house aides. ed president is very ear
-election at all. his polls are way down out in montana and this is a somewhat embattled figure within washington. this is someone that a lot of democrats just don't trust. a lot of republicans don't trust and -- >> why don't they trust him? why don't they trust him? is it because he doesn't -- i mean, does he go back on his word or is he just a guy who doesn't play sides? >> i think he's a guy -- i think probably more the latter. i think, you know, he was for the bush tax cuts in 2001. he had to deal with chuck grassley last year and then he sort of turned around and supported the democrats on a key medicare bill last summer. he does sort of play both sides of the fence which i guess is smart if you want to get re-elected every six years in montana but, again, he seemed shell-shocked by the whole situation now. i saw him in a town hall meeting. he was actually surrounded by youtubes as he called him, which i think he meant cameras. no, it's true. there are even people with youtubes in the audience and i was like, whoa. he said i think i meant cameras but, anyway, i put it in my story. it went vi
meeting in montana today and criticized the media for showing angry protestors and not enough of the constructive meetings going on. obama added that while montana has bears, moose and elk, he claimed that washington mainly just has bull. an investigation in the santa cruz mountains in california. a series of wildfires continues to spread. only 5% of the blaze is under control. stocks finished the day down. the dow fell 76 points on the day and slipped a half percentage point for the week. chris wallace now has a preview of what is on "special report" tonight. caller: coming up, latest on how some people ended up on the white house e-mail list and healthcare provision end-of-life provision seems dead, at least for now. join me at 6:00 eastern, and now back to glenn beck in new york. glenn: hello, america, time to use your head, bringing you stories where the media and the government are not using their heads. welcome to bailout nation. we're all socialists now, remember? it started with the banks and then it went to the car companies an insurance companies and now tarp money c
, tomorrow in montana. there will be another one with him in colorado saturday. we will be watching today's action and bring you any new developments. >>> also, we're learning more about what really happened when police escorted a woman out of a town hall health care meeting. this is the video we've been showing you. from missouri senator mccaskill's forum. the police tried to take a sign from her that said "rosa parks, first lady of civil rights." a new youtube video shows a different angle. we'll try to highlight it. a man actually went over to her and ripped the sign out of her hands. so police ended up leading both of them away. that woman, by the way, maxine johnson, is giving her side of the story. she said she went to the forum to represent her primarily african-american neighborhoods who do not have health insurance. she said she went through security, several guards saw the sign. she comply with instructions not to unroll it. but a reporter asked to see it and johnson says people in the audience were the problem. >> and there i asked another, i said, what was the problem. it was
to what people say in montana. he does. there's been single payors in his state. and this republican force is going to die. when grassley said the other day he pretty much admitted this was a farce, chairman baucus knows he has to get a bill out of this committee and if he only has democrats to work with, guess what the majority democrats on his committee favor a political option. if he's going to get a bill out of this committee with zero republican boats it's going to have to have a public option in the senate finance bill; otherwise, there isn't going to be a bill, right? and he knows there has to be a bill. so it matters what you say. it's one of the reasons i've been very careful not to criticize individual senators. i don't mind talking about their views because at the end, i think we're going to get almost every democratic senator. almost every one because there's not going to be any republicans. they're not going to be interested in forming the bill and, therefore, the democratic caucus is going to have a huge influence in this and the majority of the people in the democratic caucu
: president obama takes his health care crusade to a town hall in montana. we will let you know what happened this time. >> you ought to go to one of those congressional health care meetings. [ laughter ] >> you would do really well there. >> plus, bill clinton takes on a heckler and jumps into the health care reform fray. >> i'm telling you, i don't care how low they drive support for, this with misinformation, the minute the president signs a health care reform bill, approval will go up. laura: is clinton helping obama or upstaging him? dick morris will analyze the situation. >> i don't think that it's going to be real pleasing for americans to consider health care being taken over by the feds. laura: the power of sarah palin. why she may be one of the most powerful voices in the health care reform debate. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- laura: hi, i'm laura ingraham, in for bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. when democra
in the senate with both parties. the president, again, met with senator bachus on friday in montana and they discussed the progress that was being made among democrats and republicans on the finance committee. that's our focus. >> as we've mentioned on this news hour before the very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. speaking of which, fresh town hall insanity. that one health care giant is no longer even bothering to pretend he is astroturf. united health group now directly urging its employees to attendanty reform rallies, mass mailing a letter, and setting up a hotline to direct its own callers, its own people to local events. quoting from the letter, it is critical we as leaders in the health care industry are communicating with our members of congress to ensure that they understand our story and views. isn't that what lobbyists and truck loads worth of campaign donations and bribes are for? outside a town hall event in bozeman, montana democrat max bachus shouted down with chants of no, no, no and getting a little
has the right plan to fix health care. the president and first lady will arrive in montana a few hours from now. he will hold a town hall just before 3:00 eastern. getting involved in a informed debate. you can watch the president's town hall live from montana right here on msnbc. our coverage set to begin at 2:55 eastern time. he may have one less rumor to deal with. the end-of-life provision, which some argued would end with death panels. here is an interesting note on former governor, sarah palin, who led the charge on criticizing this. it looks as though palin supported end of life while governor. in 2008, governor palin declared a, quote, health care decisions day, which called for more awareness and the need to plan ahead for decisions needed to end a life. nobody knows how that specifically differs from what had been in the health care plan nationally. >> fun death panels. god help us. we know president obama and the drug industry reach add deal on health care reform that involves billions in concessions, and we know the industry will spend $50 million to lobby for the president
dissenting voices at these town hall meetings? when he goats to montana or colorado, or are they going to be orchestrated? we haven't seen anybody get up and challenge the president. >> it's interesting they haven't. i think probably what that shows you is that most people want to engage in a polite, civil discussion. the president got some challenging question when is he was in new hampshire. he asked for people who were skeptics, the public can buy tickets or get -- not buy, but can have access to the tickets to these events, but they're absolutely open to the public. he expects that and wants to answer those questions. so that he could ants the questions himself. >> i thought he did a heck of -- linda douglass thank you for joining us tonight. thank you. >> thanks, ed. >>> coming up on "the ed show," dr. doom and elected official believes the president wants to use a pandemic disease or natural disease as an excuse to declare martial law? stay with us. imodium multi-symptom relief combines two powerful medicines for fast relief of your diarrhea symptoms, so you can get back out ther
are determined in law by congress. host: does a general practitioner in montana get paid the same as one in new york city? guest: no, because part of the formula is supposed to account for the cost of maintaining a medical practice. about half of the physician fee is not based on what they take time, but what it costs to run their office or practice. rents in new york city are substantially higher than in montana. those differences are built into the formula. host: is that where the national coverage determination comes into play? guest: no, that coverage speaks specifically to what medical procedures for tests medicare will pay for. technology is changing. medical practice is changing. medicare like every other insurer must decide if and when it will pay for some new treatment or approach. historic late, in medicare most of those decisions were made initially at the local level by the carriers, the private companies who under contract to the government manage the program. each had a medical director and they in turn had advisory committees. when something you came along they would decide wheth
. same thing with health care. if you are in nebraska, montana , where mount -- where max baucus is from, iowa where chuck grassley is from. you are going to see these ads playing out much more. that is why the coverage on c- span is so great on this issue, including the videos that you have been getting from town halls. >host: let me ask you about senator baucus. he will be in attendance, although he will not be speaking at the town hall meeting in montana, and there's also a piece this morning in "the washinton post," how the deficit is playing in all this. senator baucus's role in the health-care debate, and also the deficit impact on the debate. guest: senator baucus is one of the keys to having any sort of a deal that will have republicans on board. if he can work with top republicans, senator grassley has said, as viewers know, the he will not make it one man deal. he agrees to a deal, it will be one that republicans can agree to. that is why republicans are watching so closely what will come out of german baucus' -- of chairman baucus' committee. it might be a little rowdier, a li
. >> no my father made $40,000 a year. i'm sorry. >> do you have any idea how much hannah montana makes? >> if i said yes, i should be in the -- >> would it surprise you to know that she makes over $50 million a year? >> right. she didn't ruin the economy. >> don't ask him how much the mayor of las vegas makes, okay? [laughter] >> now, i want to -- here's my question to you, sir. can we agree that someone who runs a major company with thousands if not ten of thousand office employees, who has oversight over bills if not dentals of bills billions of dollars, if that company is well managed, do you have a problem witch that person making as much money as hannah montana makes, and a-rod. >> are you saying that stan o'neill well managed his company? are you saying jim cain was a great ceo? >> i'm asking -- >> look. >> i'm not here to defend ceos who ran their companys into the ground. i think they should -- >> you're here to defend yourself. >> what i'm asking you is, whoa -- don't you believe, sir, that is right it should be the boards of directors and the shareholders, not members of cong
montana makes? >> would it surprise, you, sir, to know she makes over $50 million. >> she didn't blow up the economy. >> mr. moore, don't ask him how much the mayor of las vegas makes, ok? >> now here is my question to you, sir. can we agree that someone who runs a major company with thousands, if not tens of thousands of employees, who has oversight over billions, if not tens of billions of dollars, if that company is well managed and makes a profit for the shareholders, do you have a problem, sir, with that person making as much money as hannah montana makes and a-rod and lebron james? >> are you saying that dan o'neal well managed his came? are you saying that kaine was a great c.e.o.? >> no, i'm -- look, i am not here to defend c.e.o.'s who ran their companies in to the ground. >> mr. moore, you're here to defend yourself. >> what i'm asking you, is why do we -- don't you believe, sir, that it should be the boards of directors and the shareholders, not members of congress, who determine what the salaries are of these companies? after all, the shareholders are the owners of the compan
-- >> sitting in an air hangar in montana. look, we remember -- >> i'm wondering how you get the bureaucracy of health care whether it is private property or government barack receipts. >> we don't want the government make health care decisions for doctors and individuals, and the president doesn't believe health insurance companies should make those determinations either. when they decide that you are too sick or when they decide -- i'm sure you could go on the air right now and get 100 viewers to call in that have dealt with their insurance company and found that it had to go through extra paperwork because our original the treatment was denied, or some extra hurdle was put in place that they had to jump over in order to receive the treatment they deserved. that shouldn't happen -- what in the world is that? [laughter] life like i am, like, never mind. i'm not going to go -- [laughter] those decisions should be made role that the private insurance company currently has on health care, that seems to suggest those bureaucrats would still be there. >> well, i don't know who administers box's
arabia of coal. these are in kentucky, ohio, west virginia, montana and wyoming. do the authors of cap and trade want to tap into that? no america has that and more. we have the uranium, wind, solar, bio mass and hydropower. we have it all and can develop it in a responsible way. the authors of cap and trade don't want to develop all american energy resources. they want to start the energy race with china and india two laps behind as opposed to three laps ahead. the more energy america can produce, the stronger the american economy will be. energy development creates jobs, not just green jobs, but real red, white, and blue jobs. we need to keep all the american jobs we can. we need them all, and the solution rests on our shores. thank you, madam chairman. >> thank you, senator. senator. >> as i was looking over your testimony, it's clear there's a central message that we have here in the united states right now, the technology, row sources, know how to build a clean energy economy that will create jobs and cut our dependence on foreign oil, reducing pollution. this sounds like a triple
'll also speak this week at town halls in montana and grand junction, colorado. >>> update on a high-speed car chase we brought you just moments ago. lasted about an hour. started about 11:45 eastern time in the upper san fernando valley. a blue honda swerving in and out of lanes driving the wrong way on surface streets going very erratically. the car finally slowed down and as you'll see in a moment, it went into a driveway and that's where police with weapons drawn boxed him in. officers pulled in and pulled the driver out. the suspect was arrested and here is the take down. he had his hands up, but he would not comply with orders to get out, apparently. so, first one officer and then the second move in and pull him out. this chase apparently started after the driver failed to yield. >>> the kennedy family is in mourning and for the death of eunice kennedy shriver, the sister of john f. kennedy died this morning. she founded the special olympics. her daughter was by her side at a massachusetts hospital. she was 88 years old. shriver's son-in-law, california governor arnold schwarze
the government option and the government spending. then out to montana, john mccain carried this state. the president more casual out west. out here, john mccain won, but just narrowly. getting further west, as you always know, there's more skepticism about the role of government and government spending. lastly the president before taking a break, was down in colorado for a town hall. he carried this state, but his message was delivered out in the grand junction area which is conservative country out here. 17% of the residents of colorado are uninsured. as we watch the president make his case, one thing he said in colorado was don't get so f fixated on this so-called public option. i would like one in there, but people are getting hung up on that, and there are other thicks to talk about. we could say we hold these truths to be self-evident. it's clear he doesn't have the votes in the senate. is he sending a message? >> it does sound that way. the president has held pretty fast to the notion of a public option. time and time again, when you press the white house as to whether or not th
meetings, new hampshire, montana colorado. >> no, no, no. bill: come on. >> he is playing kevin's, -- defense. he is not playing offense. which is something you noted in the memo. here is what i stand for. bill: give me five bullet points. >> exactly. let me show you what i stand for and why this is going to make it better for you, the american consumer. bill: he can't do it, juan. >> he hasn't yet. evidence is a smart guy. that's a capable individual. bill: what do you say mary katharine? >> he is in super salvage mode right now. he is the guy out there. he was selling the public option but when people hear public option, they also hear government run health care. seniors here in order to pay for this government run health care, you are going to cut my programs. so he is running into serious problems here. and he is out there trying to salvage them. part of the reason is because he has been talking in generalities the whole time. he hasn't gotten down to nuts and bolts with congress and said, listen, this is what i want. he has let hem them run away with the process. these augu
care and health reform joining from us montana. senator, the dream that would never die included passing health reform. what is the likelihood of having that happen? you've been involved in all the key negotiations. >> ironically, i think the spirit and passion of ted's will be even stronger now. his passing is unfortunate but i think that's the case. i've never known a more effective legislator. i think ted kennedy is the great aent most effective legislator in modern american times. he was so passionate and worked so hard, a gifted speaker but then he would sit down and work out an agreement and compromise. and realize, okay. there was two sides of this. let's figure out how to get this passed. and the personal touch. we all know personal stories of ted and a very small one in my case, i was home one night and my mother was there and ted and my mother got the into this long, wonderful conversation and pretty soon became good pen pals. ted would write thank you notes to people. in this internet age nobody writes thank you notes but ted did. it was amazing how many people he did
in new hampshire, colorado and montana, states where the president is selling his plan this week, trying to reverse growing dissatisfaction over health care reform that showed up in polls of his own popularity. and with me now to talk about the president assess president obama's term in office so far are two editorial page editors, nolan finley of the "detroit news" and john diaz of the "san francisco chronicle," and two columnists, cynthia tucker of the "atlanta journal constitution" and robert robb of the "arizona republic." john >> john diaz, we have the president pushing back. what do you see going on? has he lost ground on health care? >> he has lost ground, and the thing i would say the president was trying to do today, very wisely in my opinion is reshape this debate, because although we are talking about somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 million people who don't have insurance in this country, the fact remains, the vast majority of americans do have coverage and that's really the audience he was going after today, because the thing the president has to persuade them that this i
. sometimes it's hard to keep up with all of the computer lingo. >> fair enough. >> like this -- montana senator matt baucus, in whose conservativem bipartisan blue care hands the health care reform rests faced noisy protesters at a conference last week. senator baucus told "the new york times" -- there were a couple of people in the crowd with youtube -- yeah -- youtubes plural. hang on, i'm having a flashback. >> hang on, i hear there's rumors on the internets. >> one of the things i used tonight googles is to pull up maps. >> and who can forget alaska ted stevens' description of the internet? >> the internet is not something that you have done something on. it's a series of trucks. it's a series of tubes. >> when it comes to talking about the digital world, some of our politicians seemed to have their heads up their analog. let's see if i can help. first, it's not youtubes, it's just youtube. there's just the one. it's like the plural of moose, which is moose, not moos. same with internet. there are no internets. just like there are no sheeps. also, youtube is a video sharing site. no
much money hannah montana makes every year? what a surprise hit 66 >> if i said yes -- >> what a surprise you to know that she makes over $50 million a year? can i -- >> mr. moore don't ask how much the mayor of las vegas makes. [laughter] [applause]@รบ o'neill well-managed his company and that o'neal was a great ceo? >> i am asking -- look, i am not here to defend ceos. i think that they should -- >> mr. moore, you are here to defend it yourself. [laughter] >> what i am asking is don't you believe, sir, it should be the boards of directors and shareholders, not members of congress to determine what the salaries are of these companies after all the shareholders are the owners of the company, right? >> of course, but you forget one little piece. the government is a shareholder right now. >> that's the whole problem. >> the need a shareholder to play them out. >> i can play both sides of this. it's a sick. >> this is a squeal the witness. >> this is why people don't -- >> let me ask about housing crisis because you're an expert. would you agree with the promise that the housing s
you. >>> president obama getting ready for round two of the road show in colorado and montana. the debate is growing more passionate. arlen specter facing tough questions in a town hall meeting yesterday. hundreds of people in hagerstown, maryland booed and said just say no. charles grassley got an earful too in iowa. >> the power of life -- >> not going to do anything that's going to nationalize health insurance -- or nationalize health care in america. i don't intend to do anything to allow government bureaucrats to get between you and your doctor. >> senator, please forgive my teleprompter here. i've heard your recent rhetoric about how we want the same thing as obama and health care reform. i disagree on every level. there is nothing in that bill that i would agree to and we have to stop giving ground. >> government isn't the answer, it's a cancer. >> right now, as dan lothian reports, the white house is working hard to stay on message. >> you don't know. you don't know. >> 74 going to be written off because they have cancer. >> why don't they take the health care being fo
. president barack obama had to montana today for a town hall meeting on his health-care plan. the rally is planned in the conservative suburb -- suburb -- belgrade. you can see live coverage on c- span 2 at 3:00. conservative bloggers are meeting in pittsburgh today, as well, for a two-day meeting for strategies. we will have live coverage at 7:40 p.m. for the americans for prosperity organization. >> the newest supreme court justice, sonia sotomayor, attended a reception with president barack obama. we will show it as part of cspan's america and the courts saturday at 7:00, eastern. >> three days of peace, love, and music. 40 years ago this weekend, half a million people gathered for woodstock. saturday, the co-founder will take us behind the scenes. that will be at 9:00 p.m., eastern, on both tv. >> how is cspan funded? >> donations? >> federal funds, grant funds? >> maybe contributions. >> austin, i don't know. >> i would say from commercials. >> advertising? >> something from the government? >> 30 years ago, america pause cable companies created cspan as a public service. it is a pr
by hoover. host: and who were the important players in the legislature? guest: a senator from montana, a democrat, progressive named burton wheller. he had been a new dealer straight down the line, the first of new york to back franklin roosevelt for the presidency in 1931. he had impeccable new deal credentials. he ran on the progressive party ticket in 1924. he was as reliable of a new dealer as there was in the senate. he was much offended by the grab for power by the president. he thought the president had an attempt to imbalance the government in and of the ways, so he led the opposition. host: what was the reaction of the white house when this very important supporter, this center would break from them on the issue? guest: there were quite disgusted. they tried to get him to meet with the president and he said no, save the meal for someone who is possible to persuade. host: one of the things from the book -- the majority leader of the u.s. senate the eyes of a heart attack. guest: he dies and the building is still standing. he was a powerful an interesting majority leader, josep
. tom brokaw with us from montana. guys, thanks very much for your time. i appreciate it. >>> we'll continunu >> plenty of sunshine out here. we will not see a good chance of showers until friday. going to be pretty warm out there. 90 degrees today. not a lot of moisture in the atmosphere. 90 on the shores of ocean city. >> that's your latest weather. >>> al, thanks very much. there is much more to come on this wednesday morning here on "today." but first, these messages. >>> back at 7:43 with more on the death of massachusetts senator ted kennedy. one of the senator's most powerful and touching speeches came exactly one year before his death. the site was denver, colorado, and the 2008 democratic national convention. >> for me, this is a season of hope. new hope for a justice and fair prosperity for the many, and not just for the few. new hope. and this is the cause of my life. new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every american, north, south, east, west, young, old, will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege! we c
message on health care reform to a meeting in colorado. another town hall. he left montana, then went to grand junction, colorado and doing something his critics said he need today do to try to help to sell health care more effectively, trying to invoke passion and make this about him and this is exactly what he did yesterday. taste a listen. >> i just lost my grandmother last year, i know what it's like to watch somebody you love who is aging deteriorate and have to struggle with that. the notion that somehow i ran for public office or members of congress are in this so that they can go around pulling the plug on grandma? i mean, when you start making arguments like that, that's simply dishonest. >> of course, there, that's all reference to the end of life counsel, which became so controversial, they took it from the bill. i think it's effective, i think it's effective when the president reminds people that he watched his loved one die and so many of us have. >> yes, his grandmother 86 years old. died two days before the election, died of cancer on november the 2nd, but it did bring
james and warren buffett and hannah montana and those evil rich people. but those people in the top income category who will pay this higher tax, two thirds of those people are small business owners and operators. now, how in the world are you going to get more jobs when you tax the employers that create the jobs? one last thing. i've used more of my time but i feel this is so important. we have got to overcome this class warfare rhetoric in washington this idea that the rich are evil has become a cancer cell in our public dialogue. here's the amazing thing. if we do the 5% income tax increase for the health care and then we do, you all know that president obama wants to move back to the old tax rates. he wants to rescind the bush tax cuts. that means the highest will go 35 to 40%. then you add on the 5.25%. and then if you live in a state like new york or california or new jersey or almost half of the states, you're talking about another 8 to 10%. so we're talking about a tax system in the united states where over half of americans high incomes will be taxed by the government. we a
. these are in kentucky, ohio, west virginia, montana and wyoming. do the authors of cap and trade want to tap into that? no america has that and more. we have the uranium, wind, solar, bio mass and hydropower. we have it all and can develop it in a responsible way. the authors of cap and trade don't want to develop all american energy resources. they want to start the energy race with china and india two laps behind as opposed to three laps ahead. the more energy america can produce, the stronger the american economy will be. energy development creates jobs, not just green jobs, but real red, white, and blue jobs. we need to keep all the american jobs we can. we need them all, and the solution rests on our shores. thank you, madam chairman. >> thank you, senator. senator. >> as i was looking over your testimony, it's clear there's a central message that we have here in the united states right now, the technology, row sources, know how to build a clean energy economy that will create jobs and cut our dependence on foreign oil, reducing pollution. this sounds like a triple win. i look forward to hearing
, the first family will visit the bozeman area of montana. an august 15, they will travel to yellowstone, wyoming and grand junction, colorado. they will then travel to the grand canyon and phoenix, ariz. on august 16 and return to washington, d.c. on monday, august 17. the first family's visit to the national parks occurred during a fee-freeing weekend for our national parks. this is encouraging all people, including the many cynical people that sit on the right end of the front row, my right end of the front row, excuse me. we encourage them to go and visit the national parks. you have to pay. everybody else is exempt. he has been to yellowstone. he tells a story of coming to visit his grandparents that i believe includes stops at yellowstone and grand canyon. it is partly to highlight our national park system and to highlight the weekend where we hope millions of americans will enjoy the national park system and there will be events in addition to some of the stops. we have the best security and the world. yes? >> two topics -- on the economy, the president said in a rose garden that
. senator bacus, very close t the hospitals in montana. cuts in nursing homes and health agencies. on a proportionately basis. i don't want you to get into debate here, for the point of seniors, benefits are not changing. paying nursing home less for their posthospital stay, ising that go to affect your care? they're trying to slow the growth rate saying, if we are going to cover 47 million people the money has got to come from some place. ising that going to affect benefits -- is that going to affect benefits? it could. host: what's a d.r.g. guest: diagnosis related group. host: what is it and how is it part of medicare part a? comboip there was reform in the early 1980's. if you were a hospital you sent in your costs for everything, the nurses, the laundry list, medicare paid your cost. it led to rampant inflation. congress said we're going to figure out what the cost of a heart bypass operation is, everything, and we are going to tell the hospital in philadelphia that your total costs are $50,000 on average. call us later. so the average hospital stay is 10 days, you make it wo
in montana. it was the beginning. we all know about that now. host: your enthusiasm is bubbling over and we can tell you had a lot of fun with this story. here is the book -- "fdr v. the constitution: the court-packing fight and the triumph of democracy." thanks to him for being with us, and for you for watching. have a great rest of the day. . . >> the impact of slowing medicare spending on its seniors. c-span2 is showing it live. president obama is talking to various groups about health care today. he will be a guest on a radio program this afternoon. we will have live coverage here on c-span as the show broadcast from washington d.c. the president is expected for 1:10 p.m. eastern. >> as the health care conversation continues, c-span's healthcare hub is a key resource. follow the latest tweets and l inks. keep up-to-date with town hall meetings and even upload your opinion about health care with a citizen video. the health care hub at c- span.org. >>gene taylor hosts a town hall meeting to talk about veterans' issues and hurricane katrina. lawmakers are holding a similar meetings this mo
: tomorrow that will be billy ray cyrus. brian: really? steve: hannah montana's dad is going to be on the program. meanwhile, a headline that says "firms with obama ties profit from the health push." it talks about how the health care overhaul is a financial windfall to a couple of democrat consulting firms closely connected to the president and a couple of his top advisors. $24 million worth of ads are being bought and put on tv. the two firms hired, one is gmmb which worked for barack obama during the 2008 campaign, and also akpd. the a stands for axelrod started by david axelrod. of course, he has separated himself from the company. but there are some who are going, now, wait a minute, this seems a little too cozy. the white house denies that mr. axlerod is making any money from it. gretchen: they do still owe him # million from the stock sale. they're going to be making those payments over the next couple of years. but interestingly enough, at that firm that he created, his son still works there. and no surprise that the two top advisors to obama, these are their former j
it was a moment of hope t. beatles on ed sullivan. hannah montana. you predicted. >> thanks for give manager e the credit. >> you predicted. >> there you go. >> actually, you are hopeful. >> i am. >> i get so tired of people being negative on the left and on the right and everybody saying this is the end of america as we know it. you're -- i home hopeful. you're hopeful, too. you think this reset, this fundamental reset is great for america in the long run. >> i do. it's happened before many times and taking a bit of the long view, not discounting the real pain that people feel when the moments happen and they're out of jobs but, yeah. i think it is time after a very long run in one direction to sort of sit down and get a little sane. >> a year ago i was complaining every day about the fact that we as a country had a 0% savings rate. or germany. germany had a 10% savings rate. did they -- while i was -- >> not yet. >> still wasn't. >> yeah. >> all right. i was hoping it would have kateri katerina vitt on our side. we're up to like 7%. we are healing ourselves. like you said, a lot of people in
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